The CGLI Announces a Grant Opportunity Under Its Emerging Philanthropists of Color Initiative

Buffalo, NY – The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), an initiative that aims to expand access to philanthropy in communities of color, is proud to announce a grant opportunity under its Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC) initiative. EPC members will award two $2,500 grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving people of color and are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna or Niagara Falls.

Interested nonprofits should detail a proposed project that supports and/or promotes diversity and focuses on one or more of the following:

  • Improves educational achievement for students living in low-income households
  • Increases racial/ethnic equity
  • Protect and restore significant environmental resources and promote equitable access
  • Strengthens the region as a center for architecture, arts, and culture

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019 and must be submitted online at

The CGLI, a fund and initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, was created to increase philanthropy within and for Western New York communities of color. The CGLI’s EPC initiative was designed to introduce aspiring philanthropists of color to collective giving and offers a group setting for mentoring and networking, as well as an opportunity for one-on-one meetings and philanthropic inspiration. Yearly contributions from each member are pooled together to provide annual grants to organizations serving communities of color. The grant beneficiaries will be recognized at the CGLI’s annual signature event – the Pay It Forward Awards in November.
For more information about the EPC program and membership details, please visit


About the CGLI

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, exists to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. The CGLI works towards this mission through endowment building, engaging strategic partners, and intentional community connections. For additional information about the CGLI, please visit

 About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Celebrating its centennial year in 2019, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For 100 years the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at